Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom
"Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.
Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom's copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests.
Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as "speculative" and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.
The judge also turned Google's own defense of its data retention policies -- that IP addresses of computers aren't personally revealing in and of themselves, against it to justify the log dump.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already reacted, calling the order a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that "threatens to expose deeply private information."
The order also requires Google to turn over copies of all videos that it has taken down for any reason.
Viacom also requested YouTube's source code, the code for identifying repeat copyright infringement uploads, copies of all videos marked private, and Google's advertising database schema.
Those requests were denied in whole, except that Google will have to turn over data about how often each private video has been watched and by how many persons."
Good discussion over at digg.com: http://digg.com/tech_news/Youtube_to_hand_over_all_user_histories_and_IP_addresses FYI -
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List of assets owned by Viacom (from digg comments):
* Film Production and Distribution: Viacom International, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Republic Pictures, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, Go Fish Pictures
* Television Networks: Comedy Central, Logo, BET, Spike, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nickelodeon, Noggin, The N, Nick Jr., TEENick, MTV, VH1, MTV2, CMT, MHD
* Television Production and Television Distribution: DreamWorks Television
* Video Gaming: Xfire, Harmonix, GameTrailers, Neopets
* Internet Sites: Screwattack
Since I love to post youtube videos with Steve Colbert and Capt Kirk, I guess I can expect to be arrested at some point. Well, I guess it will be an opportunity to get in shape while in jail, I hope to get my bench press up to 300+ and get some decent facial tattoos.
After my PCLN pitch my days are numbered....
Top dugg response:
From Srcc :
"Why does Viacom need all of this information to figure out whether or not a video is copyright? Why does the end user even come into the equation? This judge got it wrong. The people behind MTV, battle bots, and that Star Trek where Kirk kills god don't need our personal info."